Published on: 18th Mar 2018
In Street Photography
According to Wikipedia this article and others that were printed in 1913, 1918 and 1927 popularised this phrase.
Looking and interpreting a Street Photography photo could be a daunting task and the photographers are not necessarily making it easier.
I find it many times very difficult to interpret or "read" some photographer's street photographs. This may be partially my own fault, but in many cases, I would also like to blame the photographer!
Street photography is, according to Larry E Fink, a branch of realistic fine-art photography that—traditionally—records un-posed scenes in public places (streets, parks, restaurants, stores, museums, libraries, airports; train, bus, and subway stations, etc.) It began in earnest in the 1920s (though there are earlier examples), when camera and film technology made spontaneous, hand-held photography possible.
The PSSA's definition states that "Street photography records un-posed scenes in public places. The primary subject is people and/or symbols of people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about their everyday activities". Looking at these definitions of street photography, it is clear that all street photographs do not necessarily need to tell a story but for me the storytelling aspect of street photography is paramount.
Here are a few tips for when photographing street photos, or for when you are asked to comment on a street photograph:
I have included a few of my storytelling photos, but I did not want to tell the story. It is up to you, the audience to make up your own story for each of these photos.
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)